Monday, January 18, 2016

Unlinkage, by Eric Del Carlo

(Military SF) Years after her military service, Etta's "link" with the supersoldier she directed seems to be coming back--even though the man died in action. Exciting. (8,511 words)

Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

"Unlinkage," by appeared in the March 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Facts, published , by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The writing is smooth and the story is captivating. Up to the point we see Conroy in the ring, we're not sure what we're going to find. It's nice that she establishes a new relationship with Theo.

A particularly effective, horrifying element is the fact that the grunts volunteered to become subhumans.

Con: Several aspects of the story hit false notes. The idea that optics could cause widespread failure of electronics seemed pretty far-fetched, as did the notion that you could kill all the key terrorists in the world at one stroke.

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